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True / False Questions

1.

The service culture in every organization is identical. True False

2.

Any policy, procedure, action, or inaction on the part of an organization contributes to its service culture. True False

3.

Companies that are customer-centric typically view customers from the standpoint of what company products or services they use. True False

4.

In the past, a company's primary approach to attract and hold customers was to continually make changes to its product and service lines. True False

5.

Customer-centric organizations have realized that it is cheaper to attract new customers than to try and retain their current customers. True False

6.

A company's mission is generally driven from the top of the organization. True False


7.

Mission statements should always tie back to the vision statement and should be incorporated into the infrastructure and service culture of an organization. True False

8.

Employee expectations are perceptions about positive and negative aspects of the workplace. True False

9.

For any goal to be attained, it must be believable to the people who will strive to reach it and to the supervisors or team leaders who will monitor it. True False

10. Employees should always share their organization's internal problems with the customers. True False 11. A sole proprietorship is a one-owner business. True False 12. The return policy of an organization is a gauge customers use to determine where they will spend their time and money. True False

13. ProtĂŠgĂŠs are individuals in an organization who dedicate time and effort to befriend and assist others. True False

14. An organization should periodically conduct an inspection of its systems and practices in order to better serve customers and to be competitive in a global service economy. True False


15. The service delivery system of an organization includes having customers deal with the organization's internal policies, practices, or politics. True False

16. The type of delivery system used by organizations to serve customers is not important. True False 17. In a direct contact environment, customers interact directly with people. True False 18. By outsourcing jobs to a third party, companies can save money by reducing health benefits or retirement payments. True False

19. Employees should always focus on taking a one-time service or sales opportunity approach instead of developing an ongoing relationship with customers. True False

20. In order to demonstrate strong support for their company, frontline employees or supervisors should always use "they" language when dealing with customers. True False

21. A service professional should work with customers' interest in mind to promote a positive service culture. True False

22. An organization that is committed to providing excellent customer service encourages open communication between frontline employees and all levels of management. True False


23. Typically, in organizations that demonstrate a strong commitment to customer service, the status quo is acceptable. True False

24. Generally, most customers want the transactions to be quick; hence, they do not expect pleasantries such as "please" and "thank you." True False

25. If frontline employees are angry because of a policy, procedure, management, or a customer, they must always communicate their frustrations or pressures with that customer. True False

Multiple Choice Questions

26. Which of the following statements is true of a top down-oriented organization?

A. Customers are at the top of the organization's structure. B. It typically focuses on individual needs of customers rather than its products. C. It typically views the senior management as a final element or afterthought. D. Upper management is at the top of the hierarchy.


27. Which of the following statements is true of successful organizations?

A. The mission and vision statements of these organizations are completely different. B. They typically view customers from the standpoint of what company products or services they use. C. The members of the upper management make themselves clearly visible to front-line employees. D. They realize that it is cheaper to continually attract new customers than to retain current customers. 28. In an organization, _____ are the task assignments that service providers assume.

A. service delivery systems B. customer expectations C. employee roles D. value chain activities 29. Which of the following characteristics is included in RUMBA?

A. Abstract B. Understandable C. Measureless D. Rigid 30. In a purely customer-focused environment, service measurement is typically in terms of the:

A. employee turnover. B. number of products manufactured. C. potential sales. D. number of customer complaints.

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31. Managers should always ensure that employees:

A. focus on attracting new customers rather than retaining current customers. B. communicate the internal problems of the organization to customers. C. are given assignments that tie in directly with the ultimate purpose or mission and overall values or beliefs of the organization. D. focus on taking a one-time service or sales opportunity approach instead of developing an ongoing relationship with customers. 32. Emma is the manager of a small beauty salon. She deals with different kinds of customers and has to ensure that the customer needs are identified and satisfied. To develop an effective customer service, she should:

A. always use "they" language when dealing with customers and hide behind "company policy" when handling customer problems. B. continually strive to gain new knowledge and skills and deliver the level of service equal to that offered by established salons. C. focus on taking a one-time service or sales opportunity approach instead of developing an ongoing relationship with customers. D. exclude the information collected from customer feedback surveys when measuring the service performance of her salon. 33. Retail and service organizations should:

A. focus on attracting new customers instead of trying to retain current customers. B. communicate their internal problems to customers. C. establish policies and procedures that are flexible. D. respond to customer complaints using "company policy" as an excuse.

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34. Which of the following approaches helps companies develop an effective organizational culture?

A. Companies should recognize, appreciate, and regularly reward the performance of their employees. B. Companies should always view customers from the standpoint of what company products or services they use. C. Companies should develop mission statements that are completely different from the vision statement. D. Companies should ensure that employee roles are contrary to the overall values or beliefs of the organization. 35. _____ is used to describe the giving of decision-making and problem-resolution authority to lower-level employees in an organization.

A. Micromanagement B. Empowerment C. Centralization D. Totalitarianism 36. Empowerment:

A. makes service representatives feel like they have no say in the important decisions of an organization. B. restricts on-the-spot responsiveness to the customer. C. requires frontline employees in an organization to get permission from their managers before they serve a customer. D. is an intangible way that service organizations reward employees.

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37. Which of the following is the first step that an organization should take in creating or redefining its service environment?

A. Empowering its employees in order to better serve customers B. Making sure it knows who its customers really are C. Conducting an inspection of its systems and practices D. Reviewing the manner in which external customer needs are addressed 38. The first step a company should take in creating or redefining its service environment is to:

A. decide where the company is now and where it needs to be in order to better serve customers. B. review the manner in which the internal and external customer needs are addressed. C. create a plan to attract and hold its potential customers. D. conduct an inspection of its service and product delivery mechanisms. 39. To ensure the success of an organization's customer service, a service professional should:

A. continually reevaluate what he/she does on a daily basis when dealing with customers. B. communicate the organization's internal policies, practices, or politics to customers. C. focus on attracting new customers rather than trying to retain existing customers. D. always use "they" language when dealing with customers.

40. _____ is defined as a group of processes in an organization that make service seamless to customers by ensuring that things work properly and the customer is satisfied.

A. Customer-friendly system B. Employee empowerment C. Product development D. Management information system

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41. The means by which an organization effectively gets its products and services to customers is known as:

A. outsourcing. B. service delivery systems. C. micromanagement. D. service measurement. 42. To maintain an efficient service delivery system, an organization should always:

A. ensure that frontline employees cannot take decisions without the permission of their supervisors. B. ensure that customers do not have to deal with the internal policies, practices, and politics. C. encourage its managers and frontline employees to use "they" language when dealing with customers. D. view customers from the standpoint of what company products or services they use. 43. An indirect delivery system:

A. involves face-to-face interaction between employees and customers. B. offers a hands-off self-service approach to customers. C. cannot provide follow-up support to customers. D. is viewed as a more caring customer service approach than a direct delivery system. 44. A benefit for an organization that outsources its noncore positions is that:

A. the long-term employee expertise of the organization is retained. B. the organization's reputation in the eyes of the local citizens improves significantly. C. the loyalty of the remaining employees in the organization increases. D. the need to purchase and update computers and related equipment is eliminated.

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45. Which of the following statements is a disadvantage for a company that outsources jobs?

A. The need to purchase and update computers and related equipment increases substantially. B. The potential to groom and hire from within an enculturated workforce decreases. C. The work force size within the company increases, thereby increasing its salary budget. D. The company's contribution to employee health benefits, retirement, and 401(k) payments increases. 46. Internal employees or external consultants who pose as customers in on-site visits, over the telephone, or online to determine how well customers are being served are known as:

A. mystery shoppers. B. lobbyists. C. jobbers. D. category captains. 47. To promote a positive service culture, customer service professionals should always _____.

A. view vendors and suppliers as salespeople whose only purpose is to serve them B. focus on taking a one-time service or sales opportunity approach instead of developing an ongoing relationship with customers C. be well versed in the many facets of their organization and its operation, related industry topics, and the competition D. use "they" language when dealing with customers

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48. Daniel, a customer service executive, has received a call from Mrs. Karen Lynn, a customer, complaining about a problem with her refrigerator. Mrs. Lynn wants to get the refrigerator fixed at no additional cost. However, the warranty period for the appliance has expired. In this scenario, which of the following responses will demonstrate Daniel's commitment to customer service?

A. "Mrs. Lynn, I cannot help you. The company policy states that customers have to bear the cost of repairs after the warranty period has expired." B. "Mrs. Lynn, let me transfer your call to the sales department. They will brief you about the new products that are being offered this month." C. "Mrs. Lynn, I've inquired about request, but the manager has said that the company cannot incur the cost of repairing your refrigerator." D. "Mrs. Lynn, what I can do to resolve this problem is to offer you a thirty percent discount on the repair costs and a two-year warranty on your appliance." 49. Which of the following is a characteristic of organizations that are highly committed to customer service?

A. They discourage employee empowerment. B. They readily accept status quo. C. They benchmark the successful practices of competitors. D. They restrict communication between frontline employees and all levels of management.

50. Which of the following guidelines should customer service professionals follow to meet the expectations of customers?

A. Service professionals should always use "they" language when dealing with customers. B. Service professionals should involve customers in situations that are out of their control. C. Service professionals should strive to mask their feelings of anger, frustration, and pressure from customers. D. Service professionals should focus on attracting new customers rather than trying to retain existing customers.

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Short Answer Questions

51. From a customer's perspective, what are the skills and qualifications that service employees in both large and small organizations must possess? What may happen if service employees fail to possess these skills?

52. Explain how a mentor can assist new employees.

53. Explain how empowerment helps develop an effective service culture?

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54. What are the two types of delivery systems? Why is there a delicate balance in selecting a service delivery system?

55. List the twelve strategies for promoting a positive service culture.

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Chapter 02 Contributing to the Service Culture Answer Key

True / False Questions

1.

The service culture in every organization is identical.

(p. 45)

FALSE The service culture is different for each organization. No two organizations operate in the same manner, have the same focus, or provide management that accomplishes the same results.

2.

(p. 45)

Any policy, procedure, action, or inaction on the part of an organization contributes to its service culture. TRUE A service culture includes the values, beliefs, norms, rituals, and practices of a group or organization. Any policy, procedure, action, or inaction on the part of an organization contributes to its service culture.

3.

(p. 46)

Companies that are customer-centric typically view customers from the standpoint of what company products or services they use. FALSE Companies that are top-down-oriented (with upper management at the top of their hierarchy and customers as a final element or afterthought) or product-centered and view customers from the standpoint of what company products or services they use. On the contrary, organizations that are customer-centered or customer-centric focus on individual needs.

4.

(p. 46)

In the past, a company's primary approach to attract and hold customers was to continually make changes to its product and service lines. TRUE In the past, organizations were continually making changes to their product and service lines to try to attract and hold customers. Often this has been their primary approach to customer satisfactio


5.

(p. 46)

Customer-centric organizations have realized that it is cheaper to attract new customers than to

try and retain their current customers. FALSE Many major organizations have become more customer-centric and stress relationships with customers. They realize that it is cheaper, and smarter, to keep current customers rather than subscribe to a revolving-door approach of continually trying to attract new customers to replace the ones that they lost to competitors.

6.

A company's mission is generally driven from the top of the organization.

(p. 47)

TRUE Generally, an organization's approach to business, its mission or its service philosophy, is driven from the top of the organization. Upper management, including members of the board of directors, when appropriate, sets the vision or tone and direction of the organization.

7.

(p. 48)

Mission statements should always tie back to the vision statement and should be incorporated into the infrastructure and service culture of an organization. TRUE Most successful organizations have written mission and vision statements that answer the questions of "What does the organization do?" and "Why does the organization exist?" Mission statements should always tie back to the vision statement and should be incorporated into the infrastructure (e.g., HR policies and procedures) and service culture of an organization.

8.

Employee expectations are perceptions about positive and negative aspects of the workplace.

(p. 49)

TRUE Employee expectations are perceptions about positive and negative aspects of the workplace.


9.

(p. 51)

For any goal to be attained, it must be believable to the people who will strive to reach it and to

the supervisors or team leaders who will monitor it. TRUE

(p. 61)

For any goal to be attained, it must be believable to the people who will strive to reach it and to the supervisors or team leaders who will monitor it.

10.

Employees should always share their organization's internal problems with the customers.

(p. 52)

FALSE Employees must ensure that service continues to be delivered to customers in a seamless fashion. Customers should not hear about internal problems. They should be able to expect that the products and services they paid for are delivered when promised, in the manner agreed upon, and without inconvenience to them. 11.

A sole proprietorship is a one-owner business.

(p. 53)

TRUE A sole proprietorship is a one-owner business. The growth of sole proprietorships and small businesses has an upside in that they provide more choices for customers. AACSB: Analytic (p. 64)

Accessibility: Keyboard Navigation Blooms: Remember Learning Objective: 02-01 Explain the elements of a successful service culture. Level of Difficulty: 1 Easy Topic: Defining a Service Culture

12.

The return policy of an organization is a gauge customers use to determine where they will

spend their time and money. TRUE An effective return policy is part of the overall service process. In addition to service received, the return policy of an organization is another gauge customers use to determine where they will spend their time and money.

13.

Protégés are individuals in an organization who dedicate time and effort to befriend and assist

others. FALSE Mentors are individuals who dedicate time and effort to befriend and assist others. In an organization, they are typically people with a lot of knowledge, experience, skills, and initiative, and have a large personal and professional network established. A protégé is typically a less-experienced recipient of the efforts of the mentor. 14.

An organization should periodically conduct an inspection of its systems and practices in order


to better serve customers and to be competitive in a global service economy. TRUE An organization should periodically conduct an inspection of its systems and practices to decide where the company is now and where it needs to be in order to better serve customers and to be competitive in a global service economy. (p. 66)

15.

The service delivery system of an organization includes having customers deal with the

organization's internal policies, practices, or politics. FALSE Customers should not have to deal with internal policies, practices, or politics. They should be able to contact the service provider; get the information they need; make a buying decision, where appropriate; and have the products or services they have selected flawlessly delivered in a timely, professional manner.

16.

The type of delivery system used by organizations to serve customers is not important.

(p. 67)

FALSE The type of delivery system used by organizations to serve customers is important because it affects staffing numbers, costs, technology, scheduling, and many other factors.


17.

In a direct contact environment, customers interact directly with people.

(p. 67)

TRUE The major difference between the two types of service delivery systems is that in a direct contact environment, customers interact directly with people, whereas in an indirect system their needs are met primarily with self-service through technology (possibly integrated with the human factor in customer contact/call centers) integrated with Internet services. 18.

By outsourcing jobs to a third party, companies can save money by reducing health benefits or retirement payments. TRUE By outsourcing jobs to a third party, companies can save money by eliminating large ongoing salaries; reducing health benefits, retirement, and 401(k) payments; avoiding the need to purchase and update computers and related equipment and a myriad of other equipment; increasing workforce size without necessarily doing likewise to the budget; and bringing in new, fresh expertise, ideas, and perspectives from outside the organization.

19.

Employees should always focus on taking a one-time service or sales opportunity approach

(p. 68)

instead of developing an ongoing relationship with customers. FALSE Employees should focus on developing an ongoing relationship with customers instead of taking a one-time service or sales opportunity approach. 20.

In order to demonstrate strong support for their company, frontline employees or supervisors

should always use "they" language when dealing with customers. FALSE One mistake that many frontline employees and supervisors make in communications with customers is to intentionally or unintentionally demonstrate a lack of commitment or support for their company and a sense of powerlessness. A common way in which this occurs is with the use of "they" language when dealing with customers.

.


21.

A service professional should work with customers' interest in mind to promote a positive service culture.

(p. 74) 76)

TRUE To promote a positive service culture, a service professional should work with customers' interest in mind, treat vendors and suppliers as customers, share resources, and demonstrate commitment.

22.

An organization that is committed to providing excellent customer service encourages open

communication between frontline employees and all levels of management. TRUE An organization that is committed to providing excellent customer service encourages open communication between frontline employees and all levels of management.

(p. 76) (p. 76)

23.

Typically, in organizations that demonstrate a strong commitment to customer service, the

status quo is acceptable. FALSE Typically, in organizations that demonstrate a strong commitment to customer service, the status quo is not acceptable.

24.

Generally, most customers want the transactions to be quick; hence, they do not expect

pleasantries such as "please" and "thank you." FALSE Most customers expect certain intangible things during a service encounter, such as personal recognition, courtesy (pleasantries such as "please" and "thank you"), timely service, and professionalism.

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25.

If frontline employees are angry because of a policy, procedure, management, or a customer, they must always communicate their frustrations or pressures with that customer.

(p. 78)

FALSE If frontline employees are angry because of a policy, procedure, management, or the customer, they must strive to mask that feeling. Customers should not have to deal with the employees' frustrations or pressures.

Multiple Choice Questions

26.

Which of the following statements is true of a top down-oriented organization?

(p. 46)

A. Customers are at the top of the organization's structure. B. It typically focuses on individual needs of customers rather than its products. C. It typically views the senior management as a final element or afterthought. D. Upper management is at the top of the hierarchy. Organizations that are top-down-oriented have upper management at the top of their hierarchy and customers as a final element or afterthought.

.


27.

Which of the following statements is true of successful organizations?

(p. 48)

A. The mission and vision statements of these organizations are completely different. B. They typically view customers from the standpoint of what company products or services they use. C. The members of the upper management make themselves clearly visible to front-line employees. D. They realize that it is cheaper to continually attract new customers than to retain current customers. In successful organizations, members of upper management make themselves clearly visible to frontline employees and are in tune with customer needs and expectations.

28.

In an organization, _____ are the task assignments that service providers assume.

(p. 49)

A. service delivery systems B. customer expectations C. employee roles D. value chain activities Employee roles are the task assignments that service providers assume. Depending on the job, the size and type of organization, and the industry involved, the employee roles and employee expectations may be similar from one organization to another, and yet they may be performed in a variety of different ways.

29.

Which of the following characteristics is included in RUMBA?

(p. 49)

A. Abstract B. Understandable C. Measureless D. Rigid For an organization to be successful in providing superior service to its external and internal customers, its roles and expectations must be clearly defined and communicated in terms of the following characteristics, sometimes referred to as RUMBA (Realistic, Understandable, Measurable, Believable, Attainable).

30. (p. 51)

In a purely customer-focused environment, service measurement is typically in terms of the:


A. employee turnover. B. number of products manufactured. C. potential sales. D. number of customer complaints.

(p. 54)

In a purely customer-focused environment, service measurement can be in terms of factors such as talk time on the telephone, number of customers effectively served, customer feedback surveys and satisfaction cards, and letters or other written correspondence or—on the negative side—by customer complaints.

31.

Managers should always ensure that employees:

(p. 51)

A. focus on attracting new customers rather than retaining current customers. B. communicate the internal problems of the organization to customers. C. are given assignments that tie in directly with the ultimate purpose or mission and overall values or beliefs of the organization. D. focus on taking a one-time service or sales opportunity approach instead of developing an ongoing relationship with customers. One issue in developing employee goals is to ensure that they make sense and tie in directly with the established overall departmental and organizational goals. Too often, employees are given assignments that are contrary to the ultimate purpose or mission and overall values or beliefs of the organization.

32.

Emma is the manager of a small beauty salon. She deals with different kinds of customers and

has to ensure that the customer needs are identified and satisfied. To develop an effective customer service, she should:

A. always use "they" language when dealing with customers and hide behind "company policy" when handling customer problems. B. continually strive to gain new knowledge and skills and deliver the level of service equal to that offered by established salons. C. focus on taking a one-time service or sales opportunity approach instead of developing an ongoing relationship with customers. D. exclude the information collected from customer feedback surveys when measuring the service performance of her salon. To stave off failure and help ensure that customer needs are identified and satisfied, Emma must continually strive to gain new knowledge and skills while working hard to deliver a level of service equal to that offered by the bigger organizations.

33. (p. 55)

Retail and service organizations should:


A. focus on attracting new customers instead of trying to retain current customers. B. communicate their internal problems to customers. C. establish policies and procedures that are flexible. D. respond to customer complaints using "company policy" as an excuse.

(p. 57)

There are a lot of local, state, and federal regulations with which an organization must comply. However, retail and service organizations should establish policies and procedures that are flexible in order to satisfy customer needs as quickly and efficiently as possible.

34.

Which of the following approaches helps companies develop an effective organizational

culture?

A. Companies should recognize, appreciate, and regularly reward the performance of their employees. B. Companies should always view customers from the standpoint of what company products or services they use. C. Companies should develop mission statements that are completely different from the vision statement. D. Companies should ensure that employee roles are contrary to the overall values or beliefs of the organization. In any employee environment, people work more effectively and productively when their performance is recognized and adequately rewarded. Many organizations use public recognition, contests, games, employee activities (sporting or other events), financial rewards, incentives (gifts or trips), employee-of-the-month or -year awards, and a variety of other techniques to show appreciation for employee efforts.


35.

_____ is used to describe the giving of decision-making and problem-resolution authority to lower-level employees in an organization.

A. Micromanagement

(p. 62)

B. Empowerment C. Centralization D. Totalitarianism Empowerment is the word used to describe the giving of decision-making and problem-resolution authority to lower-level employees in an organization. This precludes having to get permission from higher levels in order to take an action or serve a customer. 36.

Empowerment:

(p. 62)

A. makes service representatives feel like they have no say in the important decisions of an organization. B. restricts on-the-spot responsiveness to the customer. C. requires frontline employees in an organization to get permission from their managers before they serve a customer. D. is an intangible way that service organizations reward employees. Empowerment is the word used to describe the giving of decision-making and problem-resolution authority to lower-level employees in an organization. Empowerment is also an intangible way that successful service organizations reward employees.

37.

Which of the following is the first step that an organization should take in creating or redefining its service environment?

A. Empowering its employees in order to better serve customers B. Making sure it knows who its customers really are C. Conducting an inspection of its systems and practices D. Reviewing the manner in which external customer needs are addressed The first step a company should take in creating or redefining its service environment is to make sure it knows who its customers really are. 38.

The first step a company should take in creating or redefining its service environment is to:

(p. 64)

A. decide where the company is now and where it needs to be in order to better serve customers. B. review the manner in which the internal and external customer needs are addressed. C. create a plan to attract and hold its potential customers.


D. conduct an inspection of its service and product delivery mechanisms. The first step a company should take in creating or redefining its service environment is to make sure it knows who its customers really are and how it plans to attract and hold those customers. 39.

To ensure the success of an organization's customer service, a service professional should:

(p. 64)

A. continually reevaluate what he/she does on a daily basis when dealing with customers. B. communicate the organization's internal policies, practices, or politics to customers. (p. 66)

C. focus on attracting new customers rather than trying to retain existing customers. D. always use "they" language when dealing with customers. It is not just an organization's responsibility to ensure the success of customer service. Service professionals also have to be familiar with the organization's goals and work toward helping make them successful. A simple way to accomplish this is to give thought to their role in the service process and continually reevaluate what they do on a daily basis when dealing with customers.

40.

_____ is defined as a group of processes in an organization that make service seamless to

customers by ensuring that things work properly and the customer is satisfied.

A. Customer-friendly system B. Employee empowerment C. Product development D. Management information system Customer-friendly systems refer to the processes in an organization that make service seamless to customers by ensuring that things work properly and the customer is satisfied.

41.

The means by which an organization effectively gets its products and services to customers is known as:

A. outsourcing. B. service delivery systems. C. micromanagement. D. service measurement. Service delivery systems are the means by which an organization effectively gets its products and services to customers. 42.

To maintain an efficient service delivery system, an organization should always:

(p. 66)

A. ensure that frontline employees cannot take decisions without the permission of their supervisors. B. ensure that customers do not have to deal with the internal policies, practices, and politics.


C. encourage its managers and frontline employees to use "they" language when dealing with customers. D. view customers from the standpoint of what company products or services they use. An organization must determine the best way to deliver quality products and service and to provide effective follow-up support to its customers. Customers should not have to deal with internal policies, practices, or politics. 43.

An indirect delivery system:

(p. 67)

A. involves face-to-face interaction between employees and customers. B. offers a hands-off self-service approach to customers. C. cannot provide follow-up support to customers. D. is viewed as a more caring customer service approach than a direct delivery system. The major difference between the two types of service delivery systems is that in a direct contact environment, customers interact directly with people, whereas an indirect system offers

a hands-off self-service approach through technology (possibly integrated with the human factor in customer contact/call centers) integrated with Internet services.


44.

A benefit for an organization that outsources its noncore positions is that:

(p. 68)

A. the long-term employee expertise of the organization is retained. B. the organization's reputation in the eyes of the local citizens improves significantly. C. the loyalty of the remaining employees in the organization increases. D. the need to purchase and update computers and related equipment is eliminated. By outsourcing jobs, companies can save money by eliminating large ongoing salaries; reducing health benefits, retirement, and 401(k) payments; avoiding the need to purchase and update computers and related equipment and a myriad of other equipment; increasing workforce size without necessarily doing likewise to the budget; and bringing in new, fresh expertise, ideas, and perspectives from outside the organization.

45.

Which of the following statements is a disadvantage for a company that outsources jobs?

(p. 68)

A. The need to purchase and update computers and related equipment increases substantially. B. The potential to groom and hire from within an enculturated workforce decreases. C. The work force size within the company increases, thereby increasing its salary budget. D. The company's contribution to employee health benefits, retirement, and 401(k) payments increases. The practice of outsourcing jobs to a third party provides multiple benefits to companies while also bringing with it some downsides. On the negative side, long-term employee expertise is lost, employee loyalty to the organization suffers, succession planning opportunities and the potential to groom and hire from within an enculturated workforce is reduced, and the organization's reputation in the eyes of local citizens is potentially tarnished due to sending jobs away. 46.

Internal employees or external consultants who pose as customers in on-site visits, over the telephone, or online to determine how well customers are being served are known as:

A. mystery shoppers. B. lobbyists. C. jobbers. D. category captains. Mystery shoppers are internal employees or external consultants who pose as customers in on-site visits, over the telephone, or online to determine how well customers are being served.

47. (p. 73)

To promote a positive service culture, customer service professionals should always _____.


A. view vendors and suppliers as salespeople whose only purpose is to serve them B. focus on taking a one-time service or sales opportunity approach instead of developing an ongoing relationship with customers

(p. 74)

C. be well versed in the many facets of their organization and its operation, related industry topics, and the competition D. use "they" language when dealing with customers The frontline contact person is likely to receive a variety of questions related to the organization. By being well versed in the many facets of the organization and its operation, related industry topics, and competition, the employee can project a more knowledgeable, helpful, and confident image that contributes to total customer satisfaction.

48.

Daniel, a customer service executive, has received a call from Mrs. Karen Lynn, a customer,

complaining about a problem with her refrigerator. Mrs. Lynn wants to get the refrigerator fixed at no additional cost. However, the warranty period for the appliance has expired. In this scenario, which of the following responses will demonstrate Daniel's commitment to customer service?

A. "Mrs. Lynn, I cannot help you. The company policy states that customers have to bear the cost of repairs after the warranty period has expired." B. "Mrs. Lynn, let me transfer your call to the sales department. They will brief you about the new products that are being offered this month." C. "Mrs. Lynn, I've inquired about request, but the manager has said that the company cannot incur the cost of repairing your refrigerator." D. "Mrs. Lynn, what I can do to resolve this problem is to offer you a thirty percent discount on the repair costs and a two-year warranty on your appliance." A common way in which employees express lack of commitment is with the use of "they" language when dealing with customers. This can be in reference to management or policies or procedures; for example, "Mrs. Howard, I'd like to help but our policy (they) says." or "Mrs. Howard, I've checked on your request, but my manager (they) said we can't." An alternative to using "they" language is to take ownership or responsibility for a situation by telling the customer what you can do, not what you cannot do.

49.

Which of the following is a characteristic of organizations that are highly committed to

customer service?

A. They discourage employee empowerment. B. They readily accept status quo. C. They benchmark the successful practices of competitors. D. They restrict communication between frontline employees and all levels of management. The following factors can demonstrate an organization's level of service commitment: Executives spend time with the customers; executives spend time talking to frontline service providers; innovation and creativity are encouraged and rewarded; benchmarking (identifying successful practices of others) is done with similar organizations; open communication exists between frontline employees and all levels of management; the status quo is not acceptable.


50.

Which of the following guidelines should customer service professionals follow to meet the expectations of customers?

A. Service professionals should always use "they" language when dealing with customers. B. Service professionals should involve customers in situations that are out of their control. C. Service professionals should strive to mask their feelings of anger, frustration, and pressure from customers. D. Service professionals should focus on attracting new customers rather than trying to retain existing customers. Customers should not have to deal with the frustrations or pressures of service professionals. If an employee is angry because of a policy, procedure, management, or the customer, he/she must strive to mask that feeling.

Short Answer Questions

51.

From a customer's perspective, what are the skills and qualifications that service employees in both large and small organizations must possess? What may happen if service employees fail to

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possess these skills?

Customers expect service employees to have a broad general knowledge of products and service; interpersonal communication skills; technical expertise related to products sold and serviced; customer-focused "can do" attitude; initiative; motivation; integrity; loyalty to the organization, to products and to customers; team spirit; creativity; sound ethics; time management skills; problemsolving capability; and conflict resolution skills. If the service employee fails to possess or exhibit any or all of these factors, the end result could be a breakdown in the relationship between the employee and the customer, with ultimately negative repercussions.

52.

Explain how a mentor can assist new employees.

(p. 6061)

When experienced people leave an organization, they will take decades of experience and knowledge and leave behind a huge gap in many organizations, especially those that have not created an effective exit strategy or prepared others to step into key roles and positions. Mentors are people who are well acquainted with the organization and its policies, politics, and processes. They are well connected (inside and outside the organization), communicate well, have the ability and desire to assist new employees (the protĂŠgĂŠ), and are capable and experienced. Therefore, through mentoring programs, they can assist the new and young employees by sharing their knowledge and experiences with them


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53.

Explain how empowerment helps develop an effective service culture?

(p. 62) (p. 67)

Employee empowerment is one way for a supervisor to help ensure that service providers can respond quickly to customer needs or requests. The intent of empowerment is a delegation of authority where a frontline service provider can take action without having to call a supervisor or ask permission. Such authority allows on-the-spot responsiveness to the customer while making service representatives feel trusted, respected, and like an important part of the organization. Empowerment is also an intangible way that successful service organizations reward employees. Often someone who has decision-making authority feels better about himself or herself and the organization.

54.

What are the two types of delivery systems? Why is there a delicate balance in selecting a

service delivery system?

The major difference between the two types of systems is that in a direct contact environment, customers interact directly with people, whereas in an indirect system their needs are met primarily with self-service through technology (possibly integrated with the human factor in customer contact/call centers) integrated with Internet services. There is a delicate balance in selecting a service delivery system. This is because each customer is unique and has personal preferences. While many prefer a hands-off self-service approach, others resent it and often view it as a loss of caring. 55.

List the twelve strategies for promoting a positive service culture.

(p. 7275)

The following are the twelve strategies for promoting a positive service culture: Partner with customers; Explore your organization's vision; Help communicate the culture and organizational vision to customers—daily; Demonstrate ethical behavior; Identify and improve your service skills; Become an expert on your organization; Demonstrate commitment; Work with your customer's interest in mind; Treat vendors and suppliers as customers; Share resources; Work with, not against, your customers; and Provide service follow-up.

Test bank for customer service skills for success 6th edition by lucas  

Product details Language: English ISBN-10: 0073545465 ISBN-13: 978-0073545462 9780073545...

Test bank for customer service skills for success 6th edition by lucas  

Product details Language: English ISBN-10: 0073545465 ISBN-13: 978-0073545462 9780073545...

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